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David Downing - Author

About the Author

David Downing is the author of a political thriller, two alternative histories and a number of books on military and political history and other subjects as diverse as Neil Young and Russian Football.

 

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Featured books by David Downing

The Red Eagles

The Red Eagles

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2014

World War II is nearly over. For the Russians, the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany, but the American behemoth that threatens to topple the Communist revolution.Deep within the walls of the Kremlin, Stalin's top man hatches a brilliant plan that will alter the course of postwar history - and it's all based on a deception as simple as the shell game.Five years later, an atomic bomb detonates deep within the borders of the Soviet Union, stunning the experts who had predicted that Russian science could not produce such a devastating weapon for at least another generation.

Lehrter Station

Lehrter Station

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/01/2013

November 1945. John Russell is walking home through the grey streets of postwar London when his old accomplice, Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin, falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin informs Russell that his masters in Moscow have decided it’s time to pay them back for having secured his safe passage from Moscow in the last days of the war. Russell must return to Berlin to spy on his erstwhile colleagues in the German Communist Party, reporting on any aberration from the Stalinist party line. Worse, he is ordered to offer his services to the Americans – in short, to become a double agent on Stalin’s payroll. But Russell knows all too well how short the life expectancy of a double agent is. Together with Shchepkin, who after years of devotion has finally lost his faith in the Soviet project, he hatches a plan to gain his freedom.

Other books by David Downing

The Dark Clouds Shining

The Dark Clouds Shining

Author: David Downing Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2018

Lenin's Roller Coaster A Jack McColl Novel

Lenin's Roller Coaster A Jack McColl Novel

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

One Man's Flag

One Man's Flag

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2016

Red Eagles

Red Eagles

Author: David Downing Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2015

The Red Eagles

The Red Eagles

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/09/2014

World War II is nearly over. For the Russians, the enemy is no longer Nazi Germany, but the American behemoth that threatens to topple the Communist revolution.Deep within the walls of the Kremlin, Stalin's top man hatches a brilliant plan that will alter the course of postwar history - and it's all based on a deception as simple as the shell game.Five years later, an atomic bomb detonates deep within the borders of the Soviet Union, stunning the experts who had predicted that Russian science could not produce such a devastating weapon for at least another generation.

Jack of Spies

Jack of Spies

Author: David Downing Format: eBook Release Date: 13/05/2014

It is 1913, and those who follow the news closely can see the world is teetering on the brink of war. Jack McColl, a Scottish car salesman with an uncanny ear for languages, has always hoped to make a job for himself as a spy. As his sales calls take him from city to great city-Hong Kong to Shanghai to San Francisco to New York-he moonlights collecting intelligence for His Majesty's Navy, but British espionage is in its infancy and Jack has nothing but a shoestring budget and the very tenuous protection of a boss in faraway London. He knows, though, that a geopolitical catastrophe is brewing, and now is both the moment to prove himself and the moment his country needs him most.Unfortunately, this is also the moment he begins to realize what his aspiration might cost him. He understands his life is at stake when activities in China suddenly escalate from innocent data-gathering and casual strolls along German military concessions to arrest warrants and knife attacks. Meanwhile, a sharp, vivacious American suffragette journalist has wiled her way deep into his affections, and it is not long before he realizes that her Irish American family might be embroiled in the Irish Republican movement Jack's bosses are fighting against. How can he choose between his country and the woman he loves? And would he even be able to make such a choice without losing both?

The Moscow Option An Alternative Second World War

The Moscow Option An Alternative Second World War

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/08/2013

This provocative alternative history looks at the Second World War from a new angle - what might have happened had the Germans taken Moscow in 1941. Based on authentic history and real possibilities, this unique speculative narrative plays out the dramatic consequences of opportunities taken and examines the grotesque possibilities of a Third Reich triumphant. On 30 September 1941, the Germans fight their way into the ruins of Moscow and the Soviet Union collapses. Although Russian resistance continues, German ambition multiplies after this signal success and offensives are launched in Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Hitler's armies, assured of victory, make their leader's dreams reality and Allied hopes of recovery seem almost hopelessly doomed. David Downing convincingly blends actual history with the stimulating world of alternate events. The Moscow Option is a chilling reminder that history might easily have been very different.

Masaryk Station

Masaryk Station

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2013

Masaryk Station

Masaryk Station

Author: David Downing Format: eBook Release Date: 18/06/2013

Lehrter Station

Lehrter Station

Author: David Downing Format: eBook Release Date: 01/05/2012

Paris, November 1945. John Russell is walking home along the banks of the Seine on a cold and misty evening when Soviet agent Yevgeny Shchepkin falls into step alongside him. Shchepkin tells Russell that the American intelligence will soon be asking him to undertake some low grade espionage on their behalf-assessing the strains between different sections of the German Communist Party-and that Shchepkin's own bosses in Moscow want him to accept the task and pass his findings on to them. He adds that refusal will put Russell's livelihood and life at risk, but that once he has accepted it, he'll find himself even further entangled in the Soviet net. It's a lose-lose situation. Shchepkin admits that his own survival now depends on his ability to utilize Russell. The only way out for the two of them is to make a deal with the Americans. If they can come up with something the Americans want or need badly enough, then perhaps Russell will be forgiven for handing German atomic secrets over to Moscow and Shchepkin might be offered the sort of sanctuary that also safeguards the lives of his wife and daughter in Moscow. Every decision Russell makes now is a dangerous one.

Sealing Their Fate

Sealing Their Fate

Author: David Downing Format: eBook Release Date: 26/05/2009

As the Japanese fleet prepared to sail from Japan to Pearl Harbor, the German army was launching its final desperate assault on Moscow, while the British were planning a decisive blow against Rommel in North Africa. The British conquered the desert, the Germans succumbed to Moscows winter, and the Japanese awakened the sleeping giant of American might. In just three weeks, from November 17 to December 8, the course of World War II was decided and the fate of Germany and Japan was sealed.With new insight and a fresh perspective, David Downing tells the story of these crucial days, shifting the riveting narrative from snowbound Russian villages to the stormy northern Pacific, from the North African desert to Europes warring capitals, and from Tokyo to Washington.

Zoo Station

Zoo Station

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2008

The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Misspelled and Easily Confused Words

The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Misspelled and Easily Confused Words

Author: David Downing, Deborah K. Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2006

Learn to spell good well. Is there an e in judgment? When do you imply rather than infer? The only resource that answers both these questions is The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Misspelled and Easily Confused Words . It's the only book that includes commonly misspelled words and a comprehensive usage guide in one handy volume. Featured are 7,000 of the most commonly misspelled words with their incorrect and correct spellings and a guide to demystifying homophones (cite vs. site), grammatically troublesome words (can vs. may), and subtly different words (imply vs. infer).

The Best of Enemies England v Germany

The Best of Enemies England v Germany

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2001

An England vs Germany football match is one of the most passionate and controversial sporting events there is - whether it's a club match or an international. Here, David Downing, the acclaimed author of Passovotchka , examines the history of such clashes. He unearths the stories, the statistics, the footballing trends, and is then able to show how events on the football field have often mirrored the cultural and political identities of the two countries. Two nations, one goal.

Passovotchka Moscow Dynamo

Passovotchka Moscow Dynamo

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/06/2000

On 4 November 1945 a party from Moscow Dynamo Football Club travelled to Britain to play four matches against top British teams. They departed thirty-three days later, leaving a trail of controversy in their unbeaten wake. With the Cold War not yet begun, Russia was still Britain's ally and everyone claimed to want to keep politics out of sport. But the Soviet authorities were clearly anxious that Dynamo's performance should reflect well on the State; and there were many in the British press eager to make political capital out of the controversy surrounding the tour. David Downing has researched the details of this eventful and historic tour meticulously. The result is both a vivid portrait of club football's early forays into the international arena and a fascinating picture of two cultures helplessly colliding.

A Dreamer Of Pictures Neil Young: The Man And His Music

A Dreamer Of Pictures Neil Young: The Man And His Music

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/1995

Neil Young is arguably the only rock performer and songwriter whose work has retained the respect of a large following while gaining the allegiance of new generations. He has demonstrated a unique ability to combine commercial success with a willful experimentation. His music has encompassed almost every American popular style, from folk to metal, from rockabilly to punk, from rhythm and blues to country and it is his restless pursuit of new challenges that has led on the one hand to his recognition as one of the few stars who refuses to sell out, and on the other hand to his being sued by his record company for making albums that were not characteristic of Neil Young. In A Dreamer of Pictures , David Downing paints an illuminating and entertaining portrait of this contradictory and enigmatic figure. Here we see his childhood in Canada and his first forays into musicmaking his ups and downs with Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and Crazy Horse the privations and excesses of life on the road his unconventional filmmaking and fundraising ventures his often absurd political pronouncements his two marriages his involvement with his younger son's therapy to combat cerebral palsy and his continuing musical evolution.Neil Young has taken rock beyond generational boundaries and has helped to establish it as a unique art form A Dreamer of Pictures is thus a portrait not only of Young, but of rock itself.

A Dreamer of Pictures: Neil Young The Man and His Music

A Dreamer of Pictures: Neil Young The Man and His Music

Author: David Downing Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/01/1995

Along with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and, Van Morrison, Neil Young is one of the handful of 1960s rock musicians who have survived, retained the respect of a large public and gained the allegiance of a new generation. Today, at 46, he continues to pack huge venues and sell millions of critically acclaimed albums. His most recent, Unplugged has spent weeks in the Billboard album charts. Young's ability to combine commercial success with an almost wilful experimentation has made him one of the key figures in taking rock music beyond its generational boundaries, and establishing it as a musical form in its own right. A Canadian, Young is a star despite his aversion to stardom, self-indulgent in terms of his own mad sense of humour, and prone to melancholia. A childhood suffer from polio and an epileptic, he is the father of two disabled children. Musically, Young is a rare breed. A gifted singer-songwriter in the folk-rock tradition and an electric guitarist in the realm of pure rock, he is unrivalled as an all-rounder. Presley was his teenage hero, Dylan the man who inspired his performances in the Toronto clubs, and the Stones a model for his work with Crazy Horse.

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